On Wednesday 20 March 2013, the Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection, Nick McKim MP, tabled the Residential Tenancy Amendment Bill 2013 in the Tasmanian Parliament.
The Bill proposed a number of amendments to update the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 in order to bring the legislation more in line with the current rental market, and balance the rights and obligations of tenants and property owners.
Key provisions of the Bill included:
In August 2012, the Tasmanian Parliament passed the Residential Tenancy Amendment (Smoke Alarms) Act 2012, (the Act) requiring that, from 1 May 2013, owners of residential rental properties must ensure smoke alarms are in place in their rental properties while they are tenanted under a residential tenancy agreement.
The Act is supported by the Residential Tenancy (Smoke Alarms) Regulations 2012. The Regulations set out the detailed requirements for the:
The Act provides that for the first 3 years (from 1 May 2013), 9 volt removable battery alarms will comply with the legislation. However, after the initial 3 year transition period, alarms must be either mains powered or 10 year non removable battery alarms, in order to comply.
Consumer Affairs has prepared some explanatory material to assist tenants and owners in understanding the new requirements and in particular their obligations under the new Act. Download the Smoke Alarms fact sheet [pdf/369kb/6 pages].
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